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By the Associated Press • Dec 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

5 ruffed grouse test positive for West Nile Virus, state says

LANSING (AP) — State officials said this week that five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said it marks the first time the disease has been confirmed in the state's ruffed grouse population.

The five birds were collected from August through October in Iron, Delta, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. Two were found dead and three were shot by hunters.

The state said there is no evidence of human infection from properly cooked game.

West Nile Virus primarily is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said there have been 39 human cases of the virus reported this year in Michigan.

Just over 200 animals have been confirmed with West Nile Virus in Michigan.

Attorney general wants to see Michigan State's Nassar report

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan's attorney general is urging Michigan State University to give him an internal report on a campus doctor who sexually assaulted young gymnasts.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said the findings by a former federal prosecutor "will be critical to understanding the full picture" of Larry Nassar's crimes, especially whether other people are responsible. His letter to President Lou Anna Simon was released Monday.

MSU has suggested its report won't be publicly released when it's finished.

Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting girls with his hands at his campus office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. The cases were filed by Schuette's office.

Separately, Nassar will be sentenced Thursday for possessing child pornography. He's also being sued by more than 100 women and girls.

Second blast brings down upper section of Pontiac Silverdome

PONTIAC (AP) — The second time was the charm for a partial implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome — the former home of the Detroit Lions.

Demolition company Adamo brought down the upper section of the Silverdome on Monday, one day after some explosive charges failed to detonate. Company officials said wiring issues were the culprit of Sunday's failed attempt, which disappointed thousands of onlookers who'd braved cold temperatures in hopes of seeing a dramatic collapse.

The Lions played at the suburban Detroit facility from 1975 through 2001. The Silverdome also was the home of the NBA's Detroit Pistons and hosted the Super Bowl in 1982.

During its lifetime, the indoor, 80,000-plus seat stadium also hosted Super Bowl XVI, Wrestlemania III, a visit by Pope John Paul II and various motorsport events.

2 on motorcycle dead after crash in southwestern Michigan

COMSTOCK TWP. (AP) — Police said two people have died after a motorcycle they were riding collided with a car in southwestern Michigan.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened Sunday in Comstock Township. The department on Monday identified the dead as 28-year-old David Arthur-John Haan and his passenger, 27-year-old Stephanie Marie Hirding, of Portage.

The roadway near the crash scene was closed as deputies investigated, but it was later reopened.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

McLaren to consolidate Lansing hospitals, work more with MSU

LANSING (AP) — McLaren Health Care said it will consolidate its two current Lansing hospitals into a new $450 million campus adjacent to Michigan State University and expand its collaboration with the school.

McLaren announced Monday the new medical campus is forecast to open by late 2021 on land purchased from the MSU Foundation. The new hospital will replace McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital.

Grand Blanc-based McLaren said the new medical campus will include a 240-bed hospital, a cancer center and an ambulatory care center. It said the campus eventually will house more than 1,000 physicians, researchers, educators, and other members of an academic and medical team.

McLaren and MSU also say they'll expand their partnerships on clinical research, education and clinical services, including recruitment of researchers and medical personnel.

Roadway reopening at site of massive Michigan sinkhole

FRASER (AP) — A roadway that was closed after a sewer line collapse caused a massive suburban Detroit sinkhole is reopening to traffic.

A ribbon-cutting is planned for today for 15 Mile Road in Fraser at the site of the Christmas Eve collapse. Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel are among those expected for the event.

The county said it's the last major step in the completion of the repair project.

Sewage earlier began flowing again through the major interceptor line and officials marked the milestone during a September ceremony. The line 60 feet below ground serves roughly 500,000 Macomb County residents.

Families from two dozen homes were displaced for about three weeks after the collapse and three houses were condemned.

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